Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Happy HopArts! 

HopArts Studio Trail is my favorite Fall weekend...not only because its so much fun to see old friends and fellow artists from around South County RI- seeing a little less of them since I moved my most of the time home to Providence last Fall- but because its' just a blast to be part of why people love New England in the Autumn.

Picture this: Peak foliage weekend, a drive in small town rural RI, air dry and crisp, pumpkins and apples everywhere, and 36 artists' studios to ramble through...artists demonstrating outdoors, inside, the warm smells of mulled cider...perhaps the hint of an old dance tune on the breeze...

and then you see it: the perfect holiday gift thing for your Aunt Madge. Next stop sews up the presents for nieces and nephews..and so on, down the road from Richmond to Hopkinton...

Blue Fragments, stone rubbing on fabric
I have been busy the last few days with some smaller pieces based on the "tryout pieces" I do to get ready to do a stone rubbing on a larger fabric length. I'm pricing these well, and will have at least five of them at HopArts this weekend.
Gold Fragments stone rubbing

Fiddling with Little Red
I am delighted to be returning to show at Susan Shaw's wonderful pottery studio. There's FIVE artists at our stop on the studio trail...Susan and her pottery, paintings and more in the beautiful shop, her husband John Buscaglia demonstrating turning wood outdoors and selling his wares, the chatty and talented Jon Campbell holding court at the end of the kitchen with sculptures and unique handcrafted jewelry, Jude Larzelere, quilter extraordinaire and recent Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship awardee, and me in the pottery studio, demonstrating stone carving and making rubbings. I will also have lots of Brigid Crosses on hand to hand out around the holidays as hostess gifts to make you a favorite guest!

Piper of Clonmacnoise in a different framing
See all the details at hoparts.org, including map and directions. Find me at Stop Number 11 at Shaw Pottery, and be sure to say hello!